Thursday, February 25, 2021

Are abandoned bicycles taking over our streets?

13
London has become a dumping ground for bicycles, in particular the orange and limegreen abandon-where-you-like rental bikes. Is this happening all over the world and should something be done about it?

Rising eighty – an essay in expressionist photography

12

“Rising eighty” is a theme which has become significant for John Nicholson in the course of the year. Following a themed workshop he shares some images arising from that awareness….

Minimalism: Protecting your assets

0

Reader Ricky (/xxxxxxx) is also an enthusiast of minimalism by digitising as much as possible, from music to bank statements. In a comment to my post on XXXXXX he raises the interesting topic of protecting digital assets. Opponents of relying too much on computerised records often point to the possibility of losing all the data; yet often these same people rely entirely on filing cabinets stuffed with paper and, in extreme cases, carry their life around with them in the form of a giant Filofax. Who, I wonder, is taking the greatest risk?

Digitisation in the interests of minimalism is actually bar far the safer method of archiving, provided you know what you are doing and take basic precautions. There are three main threats to digital records: failure or corruption of storage media, theft and, lastly, loss through disaster such as fire, flood or magnetic interference from alien spaceships. We can't do much about the latter, but the other threats are easily managed.

Backup of data is crucial, of course - not just once but in several places. I use a Time Machine backup, plus an incremental backup on an external portable disk (which travels with me) and, to make absolutely sure, an incremental backup on a Drobo system. Next comes off-site backup. I cover this in two ways. First, is an incremental backup on an external disk which I leave with friends. Every week I connect it and perform an automatic backup. 

Four good reasons and one barely adequate justification to shoot with a rangefinder

2
Why does the rangefinder, as a design, persist into the modern era? There are actually five reasons.....

Plitvice Lakes National Park: Visiting the Upper Lakes in Winter and Spring.

24
Winter and early spring in the dramatic Plitvice Lakes in Croatia. Kevin continues his photographic record of the stunning landscape in all seasons...

1588, Spanish Armada scattered; 2015, Drake meets his comeuppance

0
It took only 427 years but Sir Francis Drake has met his Nemesis. In 1588 Drake scattered the Spanish Armada and saved the Virgin...

Kolkata: City of Joy in pictures

10
Dennis takes a retrospecive view of his visits to Kolkata, India's fourth-largest city on the Hooghly River...

Nagaland: Traditions and a close encounter with a retired headhunter

30
Farhiz records some of the more remote areas of India's Nagaland – and manages to avoid the head hunters...

Rolleiflex: 120 film = more megapixels?

8

William has been out and about with his latest acquisition, a Rolleiflex. Just what is it about 120 film he asks?

Leica’s little C in a land of many big cameras and not a few...

25
Preparing for trekking in Tibet needs careful planning - and a lightweight camera is appreciated at such high altitudes. Wayne took his tiny Leica C almost to the top of the world.....